Colonna di Venini
“我们的构想是要创造出一件能够传承Venini历史，同时能表现它独到之处的作品。Venini作品的独特在于其错综复杂的工艺、缤纷夺目的色彩和材质、底蕴深厚的专业技能和特殊工艺，以及众多艺术家经年累月为Venini奉献的才华。这意味着我们的创作得由不同方面来构成，每个方面都体现了某一特定元素，并有机地共同组成一个象征符号——Venini。于是，我们便联想到了以节节上升但又形体轻盈的形式，类似一大串竖着的项链，项链由间隔的球组成，每个球都代表了Venini历史的一部分。最终，我们得到的是一个传奇，一个经典。每一部分都来自于精密计算和创作精神，它们组合起来成为了一个轻盈的、富有韵律的整体。我们对自己说：‘我们要创造一根立柱。’这就是Venini之柱最终的寄托：一座承载着奉献、辛劳、美感，以及穆拉诺岛四周的环礁湖上慢慢荡漾开的虹色涟漪的纪念碑。” ——Alessandro Mendini
Venini’s Column was designed by Italian designer and architect Alessandro Mendini in 2011 for the 90th anniversary of Venini. Every glass ball on the piece was blown by hand and has its own unique colour. Alessandro Mendini’s original point of reference for the design was the mythical Tower of Babel, but here, through the history of Venini, you can see the creative and colourful speeches of many different authors. A total of 9 originals of this limited edition piece were produced, and the one on display here is No. 2.
‘Our idea was to create a single object that transmitted the history of Venini and all its specialisations: sophisticated craftsmanship, a multitude of colours and textures, the expertise, the special techniques, and the prodigious artists who lent their talent to the company from the beginning throughout the years. This meant that our creation would need to be composed of different parts, each expressing specific elements of the composition and together becoming a single symbol, a Venini emblem. We thought of an ascending and lightweight shape, a kind of large necklace fixed in a vertical position, made up of distanced spheres, each of which would contain a part of the Venini history. The result is a story, a classification. Each different part represents an analysed and motivated element; together they are an agile and almost acrobatic arrangement. And we said to ourselves, “We have created a column.” That is how the Colonna di Venini came to be: a monument to dedication, hard work, aesthetics, and the iridescent ripples on the surface of the lagoon.’ ——Alessandro Mendini
设计师简介 About The Designer
Alessandro Mendini is an Italian designer and architect and has played an important part in the development of Italian design. Aside from his artistic career, he worked for Casabella, Modo, and Domus magazines. Currently, he also teaches at the University of Milan. His design has been characterised by his strong interest in mixing different cultures and different forms of expression; he creates graphics, furniture, interiors, paintings, and architecture and wrote several articles and books. He is also an enthusiastic member of the jury in an architectural competition for young designers.